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Studio Sunday: Street Artist JR


A photo of street artist JR in his studio

 

This week’s Studio Sunday featured artist is JR. JR is a French photographer who’s become associated with street art and graffiti art movements by his large, blown-up black and white photographs that are often installed outdoors, in public spaces. The artist is very private about his real identity and is known only by his pseudonym.

 

JR’s studio looks quite sleek – I love the big bookshelf behind the artist, that looks like…

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Studio Sunday: April Gornik


A photo of April Gornik in her New York studio

 

April Gornik is a painter originally from Cleveland, Ohio. Gornik’s artworks focus on depictions of the American landscape, seen through a dreamlike lens that sometimes obscures or skews real-world views and appearances. The artist’s body of work addresses her country’s fraught history with and relationship to nature and the wilderness.  

 

Gornik’s studio space looks large and bright. The hardwood floors lend a beautiful…

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The Commission-Only Art Portfolio of Carmen Estrada


A painting of numerous figures congregating around an outdoor stagePergola

 

Carmen Estrada is an artist living and working in Mazatlan, Mexico. Carmen currently works on a commission-only basis, creating her artworks to the specifications of clients. The resulting paintings draw inspiration from art history, as well as the combined imaginations of Carmen and her clients.


A painting emulating Monet's water liliesNympheas

 

In our previous feature we looked at the way that many of Carmen’s works express the artist’s Latin heritage. Though…

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Abstract Colour: The Art Portfolio of Edward Bock


A monotype print with acrylic figures pasted over topFebruary Crossing IV, giclee print on canvas with hand-carved acrylic figures

Artist Edward Bock maintains an experimental, exploratory practice that focuses on a wide range of media and subject matter. Edward often combines figurative art styles with abstraction, sometimes rending figures with a loose, abstracted hand, other times inserting detailed figures into planes of abstract colour.


A giclee print with a group of carved figuresFebruary Crossing II, giclee print with…

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Dreams and Fantasies: The Portfolio of Kathleen MacGregor


A painting of some objects in blue on a red groundI Dreamed I Was, acrylic on canvas

Kathleen MacGregor is an artist who utilizes dreams and fantasies as the basis for her subject matter. Kathleen’s paintings and prints often combine abstract colour and composition with human or animal figures.


A painting of two blue-green birds on a dark red groundBrother Love, acrylic and ink on wood board

I enjoy the loose, heavily stylized style that Kathleen employs in the creation of her works. Most of the artworks in Kathleen’s art portfolio are…

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The Portfolio of Vancouver-Based Woodworker Peter Borkowicz


A built-in desk arrangementBuilt-in

Peter Borkowicz is a Vancouver-based woodworker. Using his skill and experience working with a range of wood types, the artist creates pieces of customized furniture that express both contemporary and 19th-century aesthetics.


A detail of an art-deco style cabinetart-deco

 

I’m really enjoying the look of Peter’s series of built-in desks and shelves. These pieces focus on clean lines and a modern look. Most of the artist’s built-ins are painted crisp white,…

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William Kent's Portfolio of Panoramic Landscape Photos


A photo of a rocky mountain range in fogRock in Fog

Photographer William Kent evokes the scale of nature in his expansive, panoramic landscape photos. William’s images capture every detail of a scene in crisp, clear detail, inviting the viewer to linger in every corner of the picture plane.


An infrared photo of a treeOn Road to Cape Blanco 3, infrared photo

 

In our previous feature of William’s intensely saturated images, we looked at the way William celebrates colour in his works. The artist’s…

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Colour and Composition: The Art Portfolio of Jarmila Kostliva


An abstract painting with a bulbous figural formExposure, oil on canvas

Jarmila Kostliva creates abstracted artworks that focus on texture, colour, and composition, while drawing parallels to human and other biological forms. Jarmila tends to work in a range of mixed media, including both oil and acrylic paint, producing finished products that are striking in their mysteriousness.


An abstract painting with white lineart drawings overlaidAbomey, oil on canvas

In our previous feature of Jarmila’s biomorphic, tactile imagery, we looked at…

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Studio Sunday: Ellen Kozak


A photograph of Ellen Kozak's art studio

 

Ellen Kozak is a painter and multimedia artist who currently lives and works in New York state. In her artwork, Kozak explores themes of perception and impression, creating artworks that visually express many different facets of perception, from light and colour, to sound and texture.

 

The first thing I notice, looking at this picture of Kozak’s studio, is the view. The artist’s New York studio looks right out onto the Hudson…

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Sculptural Artworks: The Portfolio of Sean Sweeney


An artwork made from discarded construction materialsUntitled, plexiglass, altered ceiling panels, epoxy resin, latex paint

Sean Sweeney is a conceptual installation artist based in Baltimore. The artist creates sculptural artworks from found objects, often using a subdued colour scheme and hard-edged geometric designs with occasional interventions.


A framed iphone photographUntitled, iPhone photo on paper in artist-made frame

 

In our previous feature of Sean’s works, we looked at the way the artist’s…

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The Jewelry and Bookmaking Portfolio of Char DeRouin


A handmade book in bright coloursUntitled

Char DeRouin is a mixed media artist creates works in paint, costume design, jewelry and bookmaking. The artist’s style is one that blends packed, frenetic compositions with subdued pastel colour schemes for an aesthetic that seems soft and inviting.


A page from a handmade bookUntitled

 

I quite enjoy the tactile look and feel that Char achieves, especially in her bookmaking works. The pieces in her Paper + Stitch gallery evoke a collaged, found-object…

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The Photography Portfolio of Ben Thomas


A photograph of a vibrant public squareUntitled (from Chroma III)

 

Ben Thomas is a photographer who captures colour, light and setting to such a detailed degree that many of his works seem almost surreal. Rather than trying to recapture a “naked eye” view of the world, Thomas seeks to showcase a vision of the world that’s brighter and crisper than life.

 
A photo of a city taken from above

Untitled (from Cityshrinker)

 

Thomas is well-known for his early use of the “tilt shift” photography…

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Jungle Creatures: The Art Porfolio of Jason Shanaman


A sculpture of a pair of gorillasMountain Gorilla Silverback and Baby, hydrostone with bronze patina and coloured patina

Jason Shanaman creates beautifully detailed resin sculptures of animals. Most notably, the artist’s work focuses on chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans – though Jason has also produced likenesses of lizards and other jungle creatures.


A sculpture of a chimpanzee in a thoughtful posePrimal Thinker Chimpanzee, hydrostone with hand-painted bronze coating and patina

 

In our previous feature of…

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Decorative Art: The Portfolio of Robert Milling


A series of framed landscape paintings inside a car dealershipLandscape murals for Lexus dealership

Robert Milling uses his skills with figurative painting and perspective to create realistic murals, faux finishes, and other decorative art projects. Based in California, Robert designs paintings to adorn spaces indoor and outdoor, in public and private.


A close-up image of a section of a muraldetail of Lexus landscape mural

 

I find it interesting how Robert creates a sense of depth in his works. In our previous feature of the artist’s…

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